Accessories Report

What’s more classic than a peacoat and a briefcase? This Fashionista combines the classic elegance of her everyday outerwear with a pop of playfulness underneath. The tall socks, high-waisted skirt and oxfords are reminiscent of a young girl in the ’50s, while her outerwear gives an air of refinement similar to that of the young girl’s much older sister.

She pulls it together with the most important element of her outfit: her briefcase. Leather,  menswear-inspired and vintage have all been major trends lately, and this briefcase combines all three. Simply by adding this accessory, a level of sophistication is added to her outfit that would not have been there otherwise.

A briefcase is a classic piece that can be used to jazz up your everyday going-to-class outfit, as this Fashionista uses it for, and then be carried through to job interviews. A briefcase can be a piece to last a lifetime. Versatile, understated and timeless, it takes a new spin on the leather bag trend.

To add a little bit of femininity to a masculine briefcase, try throwing in a flower (or tying on a bow) as this Fashionista does. Her red-dominated outfit was appropriate for Valentine’s Day and the extra pop of the red flower on her bag gave her outfit an extra touch of the holiday spirit.

Check out this adorable McKlein briefcase, which gives a more modern feel to the classic briefcase sillhouette with colors like orange, green and aqua. Looking for that vintage feel that this Fashionista’s briefcase has? Try this vintage piece, or check out your local thrift store.

Spotted: Briefcases by Coach in winter 2011.


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